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Company: Part 1

This is part one of my absolute favorite musical of all time, “Company” by Stephen Sondheim. This is the PBS “Great Performances” recording of the 2006 Revival of “Company” directed by John Doyle, the director of the 2005 Revival of “Sweeney Todd” also by Stephen Sondheim. In both of these revivals there are no musicians, the actors play all of the instruments, very challenging, yet very effective. The star of this production of “Company” is Raul Esparza who plays Bobby, a seemingly happy Manhattan bachelor with a deep hidden sadness. The cast of this production shows extreme strength in the area of ensemble work. This production has one of the best interpretations of the song “Getting Married Today” I have ever heard, Heather Laws does an amazing job with it. The cast is as follows Bobby: Raul Esparza, Joanne: Barbara Walsh, Larry: Bruce Sabath, Amy: Heather Laws, Paul: Robert Cunningham, Sarah: Kristin Huffman, Harry: Keith Butterbaugh, Jenny: Leenya Rideout, David: Fred Rose, Susan: Amy Justman, Peter: Matt Castle, April: Elizabeth Stanley, Marta: Angel Desai, Kathy: Kelly Jeane Grant. This section includes the songs “Opening” and “Company”.
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  1. Swarly86
    January 26, 2011 at 10:17 am

    ps my seat is 5 rows back from the stage NO BIG DEAL LOL!!!!!!

  2. Swarly86
    January 26, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Totally seeing the revival in april at the lincoln center in NYC. Featuring the Legendary Neil Patrick Harris as the title role of Bobby. No other casting has been announced yet except Patty Lupone is appearently rumoured to play the Barbera Walsh character. Will it be impossible to meet NPH after the show? Like backstage etc.

  3. phantomsonlylove
    January 26, 2011 at 11:26 am

    at 4:20 that lady sounds like sue salvester from glee. i love it, its awseom!

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    January 26, 2011 at 11:34 am

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  5. ddd1953
    January 26, 2011 at 11:53 am

    In 1970 I was lucky to see the Dean Jones version of company. That year I took my first trip to NY to see Fiddler as part of our high school drama group and Hal Prince himself gave us a tour of the set, then, a crazy, dark and long haired man ran down the isle and joined him in the discussion, it was Sondheim. Who not only took questions from us but also asked many questions of us. That was a great day.
    I came so close to becoming a New Yorker that day.

  6. ddd1953
    January 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    In 1970 I was lucky to see the Dean Jones version of company. That year I took my first trip to NY to see Fiddler as part of out high school drama group and Hal Prince himself gave us a tour of the set, then, a crasy, dark and long haired man ran down the isle and joined him in the discussion, it was Sondheim. Who not only took questions from us but also asked many questions of us. That was a great day.
    I came so close to becoming a New Yorker that day.

  7. spudster007
    January 26, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Best intro song ever…

  8. Marg002
    January 26, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Well, not to discount how much better this works than it has any right to, it DOES do away with one fabulous parts of the original: Jonathan Tunick’s great (GREAT!) orchestrations. They really should not be dispensed with in such a cavalier fashion.

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  12. nickAtlanta
    January 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    How in the world did they find instrumentalists who could not only sing, but act, too? This is brilliant!

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  14. jamieh1974
    January 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Sondeheim prefers the original cast for a reason. I agree as much these guys and girls do a good job. The original was just more raw, less bland, less whiny and so much more emotive

  15. phantomsonlylove
    January 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    my drama class is doing this musical this year. oh boy i love this opening!

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  18. jjrockyoursocks
    January 26, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    i love this Sondheim production this was one of the best hes done and most of his plays are weird but this one was really good

  19. hazzabazza321
    January 26, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    this is disgustingly brilliant

  20. robbertstoop
    January 26, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    @jimjimmyjames59 how can a trend that -at least for the greater part of the audience- never became a hughe hit, ever pass??? For 80% of the musical-loving audience, most sondheim shows are still new… Let’s wait for the whole world getting to know sondheim before saying ANYTHING he ever wrote can be passed!

  21. eleanor2012
    January 26, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    How to choose a fave Sondheim – I can’t – but “Being Alive” still brings me to tears.

  22. skitsokity
    January 26, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    @Straw2daberry or the Mark of all of my friends, two character’s at the center of all of these other people that surround them

  23. jimjimmyjames59
    January 26, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    @BroadwayVBtime

    I can understand that. But after 3 major musical revivals (that I know of) with actors playing instruments, please tell me that the trend has passed.

  24. lizzypdotpi
    January 26, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    I LOVE THIS MUSICAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I think the Broadway soundtrack sounds better

  25. kaos1156
    January 26, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Marta, a drag Cher impersonator…? Meaning when she speaks? We barely get to hear her sing solo in this number. I can’t help loving her personally.

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